Demolition has begun at the site of the $60 million Northland Corridor project, marking the physical start of the transformation of the 35-acre site into a light industrial business hub that will include a state-of-the-art workforce training center.
The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. wants to convert 100,000-square-feet of space at 683 Northland Ave. into the new state-funded training facility. That will occupy a large part of a 232,000-square-foot complex formerly owned by Niagara Machine & Tool Works and later by Clearing Niagara.
The Northland Corridor originally was developed as a manufacturing center along the New York Central Beltline tracks. It is one of the most extensive industrial areas on Buffalo’s East Side and is located in a walkable neighborhood near Erie County Medical Center, Mount Olive Baptist Church and several public schools, including the new Manufacturing School at Burgard.